Trade plays a vital role in the European economy and acts as a link between producers and approximately 500 million consumers across Europe. It is one of the most dynamic labor-intensive sectors and generates about 11% of the European Union’s GDP. One in three companies in Europe operates in retail, and over 95% of the 6 million companies are small and medium-sized enterprises, according to a recent study by the European Commission.

The challenges facing this sector are numerous, such as lighting, proper store design and attractive presentation of goods; ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems, in particular cooling and refrigerating food as this activity represents up to 50% of the energy consumption of a store intended mainly for the sale of food, according to studies carried out by the European Commission. Whether stores are equipped with separate refrigeration units or refrigeration systems, maintaining the cooling chain and product quality 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, involves high energy consumption.

A supermarket or hypermarket energy efficiency is determined mainly by the technical equipment used and the building itself, but also by the degree of refrigeration systems automation.

Our team of experts in the cold industry automation systems has coordinated and implemented numerous automation projects in retail. An example is the refrigeration installation automation in the Lidl Ploiesti warehouse, made with Siemens S7 programmable automatic.

Another complex project was the one for Kaufland Romania, which included the refrigeration installation automation within the logistics warehouse in Ploiesti, Romania, carried out with a Siemens S7 programmable controller. The solution was created by Technoelectric experts used for Kaufland’s logistics warehouse in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and implemented with a Siemens S7 and VIPA200 PLC programmable controller.

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